Dyche: We Got Our Home Reward

Sean Dyche believes Thursday's comprehensive 3-0 victory over Newcastle United was evidence of Everton being handed their just reward for several dominant performances at Goodison Park this season. 

Just as he did at Nottingham Forest this past weekend, Dwight McNeil put the Blues 1-0 ahead in the 79th minute when he picked Kieran Trippier's pocket on the halfway line before driving into the box and rifling a vicious strike past Martin Dubravka. 

This time by Harrison, Trippier was caught in possession again minutes later. The winger dribbled down the left before playing a low cross into the box that glanced off McNeil before being lashed home by Doucoure. The night was rounded off in style by substitute Beto who added a tidy third four minutes into stoppage time. 

Just as they did against Manchester United two weeks ago, the Blues hit 20+ shots and accumulated a combined Expected Goal (xG) total of over 2.4 (3.23 against Newcastle). Yet this time, they got their reward.

Reflecting on the win with evertontv, Dyche said: "We delivered a good performance against Manchester United, maybe even better than the one against Newcastle, but today we got the opposite [result]. 

"It was a strong first half against a good outfit. I've been asked what we have to change to improve the home form, and I've said to take our chances, and today we did.

"Week in and week out, you have to be performing. I try and concentrate on the performance levels, and the markers I am looking for, plus all the other things I often speak about. If you get them right over a season, it will pay you back."

Dyche was forced to shuffle his pack for the contest with James Garner being struck down with illness hours before the fixture. As a result, Abdoulaye Doucoure played a deeper midfield role with Ashley Young starting higher up the pitch, while returning captain Seamus Coleman made his first appearance of the campaign following his return from injury. 

Despite the disruption, Dyche says his side remained unfazed and praised the determined spirit shown by the group. 

"I mention mentality so often because I believe it is the underbelly of a real team, an authentic team," explained Dyche. "It's growing here, you can sense it, and the players are adapting to each other. 

"The commitment to the cause is growing. We know we have quality by the way, but you have to do the hard yards. You have to do the ugly side of the game. 

"For tonight, we have had to change things. Jimmy Garner was ill unfortunately with a sickness bug, we dropped Douc in who I thought was terrific. Youngy goes up one and I thought he was excellent. 

"Seamus, we know he picked up a minor injury but Patto gets thrown in and produces a performance. The connection in the group is getting better."

He added: "Everyone is pitching in and I think the fans can sense that."